New ISRO chairman meets Jitendra Singh, discusses ‘Gaganayan’ and other forthcoming Space missions

New ISRO chairman meets Jitendra Singh, discusses ‘Gaganayan’ and other forthcoming Space missions

Hummingbird News Desk

NEW DELHI, 25 JAN: The new chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr S Somanath on Tuesday met the Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Dr Jitendra Singh and discussed with the country’s much awaited ‘Gaganayan’ project and other related Space missions lined up for the near future.

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While conveying his best wishes to the new ISRO Chief, Dr Jitendra Singh said Space programmes have been given a special impetus and Space technology has now been made applicable in different sectors including roads and highways, railways, healthcare, agriculture, etc under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

He said, during the next few years, India’s ascent to the top will be heralded via the Space route.

While updating the Minister about the status of Gaganyaan programme, Dr Somanath said that there had been a delay in timeline because of the COVID and other constraints but now things have again fallen back on the track and all the systems needed for the first unmanned mission are getting realised.

Following the first unmanned mission, the second unmanned mission “Vyommitra” will carry Robot and this will then be followed by the Human Mission, he informed.

Dr Somanath also informed that the Indian Astronauts have successfully undergone Generic Space Flight Training in Russia. A dedicated ad-hoc astronaut training centre has also been established at Bengaluru for Gaganyan specific training.

The preparations for the Human Mission, said the ISRO Chief, involve in-flight demonstration of Crew Escape System functioning in lower atmosphere (less than 10 Kms). The exercise recovery of the crew module after impacting in Sea is also being worked out.

In 2022, ISRO also has the distinction of launching GSAT-21, the first fully funded satellite of NSIL (New Space India Limited) and will be owned as well as operated by NSIL. This Communication Satellite will meet the DTH (Direct to Home) application needs.

ISRO Chairman presented at brief about the forthcoming missions during the next three months. He mentioned a RICAT-1A PSLV C5-2 scheduled for February 2022, OCEANSAT-3, INS 2B ANAND PSLV C-53 to be launched in March 2022 and SSLV-D1 Micro SAT in April 2022.

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